Areas near MRT Line 7 Stations: Soon to boom?

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Will properties around MRT 7 increase in value just like those near MRT 1 (photo)?

I really should pay more attention to current events in Philippine real estate developments.

In a yahoogroup I belong to as a broker, a co-broker was looking for 100-150 hectares of land in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. I found an 85-hectare vacant lot worth more than 200 million in a listing of bank foreclosed properties, but upon confirmation with the bank officer, I learned that the sale was near closing already.

I thought to myself, “Sayang!”(“What a missed opportunity!”) and at the same time, I wondered if something was cooking in the area…

Then, in a recent meeting we had with a client, we learned that there were rumors that San Miguel Corporation will be building its own airport somewhere in Bulacan.  “Aha!” I thought, and so I did some sleuthing.

Of course many of you may have known this a long time ago, but for a southern belle like me whose interest is not that piqued by developments in the north, this was very interesting. Consider the following:

  •  A ManilaStandardToday.com article reported that real estate speculations have been sparked by the airport relocation plans of Mr. Ramon S. Ang, the head of San Miguel.
  • PhilStar.com article reported that the Department of Finance (DOF) and San Miguel Holdings Corp., the proponent of the MRT Line 7 are discussing ways to enhance the $1.2 billion project.

The MRT 7 project was approved a long time ago, but has been delayed. I tried to access the website of the original proponent of the MRT 7, Universal LRT Corp.  (ulc.com.ph) but it is gone, even in Google’s cache. A past article from gmanetwork.com  shows the proposed MRT 7 route map. The said stations match those reported in a photo on DMCI’s website, except for Station 14 which the gmanetwork article called Araneta station which dmcinet called San Jose.

Since ulc.com.ph does not exist anymore, I had only Wikipedia (which cited ulc.com.ph when it was still online) to rely on regarding the locations of the stations of the MRT Line 7 (Manila Red Line). Based on the said website, the proposed MRT 7 stations are as follows:

  1. North Avenue MRT Station – The station will be located at Barangay Santo Cristo (Bago Bantay) in Quezon City, which is near the corner of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and North Avenue. The station will be directly connected to SM City North EDSA close to Quezon City Science Center, TriNoma, Quezon City Science High School, Grass Residences, Eurotel North Edsa Hotel and Radio Veritas studio. It will be the first trans-modular station in the Philippines that will connect with LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7 and MRT-9. (Source)
  2. Quezon Memorial MRT Station - The station will be located within the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) Elliptical Road, Philcoa Compound, Diliman, Quezon City. The station is designed to be tunnel to connect with the SB Underpass that connects the Philcoa Compound to the QMC Park. Closest landmarks include the QMC, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture Building, Quezon City Hall,Department of Agrarian Reform Building, the National Housing Authority and People’s Television Network Complex. (Source)
  3. University Avenue MRT Station - The station will be located within Commonwealth Avenue, U.P. Village, Diliman, Quezon City. The station is proximate to the University Avenue, the main thoroughfare to the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Nearest landmarks include the University of the Philippines Diliman, U.P.–Ayala Land TechnoHub, Philippine Coconut Authority (PhilCoa), and the Commission on Human Rights Complex. (Source)
  4. Tandang Sora MRT Station - The station will be located within Commonwealth Avenue, Tandang Sora, Quezon City. The station is near the Luzon Avenue C-5 Flyover (under construction) and the Tandang Sora-Commonwealth Avenue Flyover (currently under rehabilitation and redesign). Nearest landmarks include the Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Temple, New Era University and Net 25 TV studios. (Source)
  5. Don Antonio MRT Station –  The station will be located within Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth, Quezon City. Closest landmarks include the Ever Gotesco Commonwealthshopping mall and Shopwise Commonwealth.  (Source)
  6. Batasan MRT Station - The station will be located within Commonwealth Avenue, Batasan Hills, Quezon City. Closest landmarks include the Sandiganbayan Court, House of Representatives at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, Commission on Audit Building and the Department of Social Welfare and Development Complex. (Source)
  7. Manggahan MRT Station – The station will be located within Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth, Quezon City.  Closest landmarks include the Commonwealth and Litex Public Market and the Commonwealth Elementary and High School. (Source)
  8. Doña Carmen MRT Station - The station will be located within Commonwealth Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City. The station is near Doña Carmen Subdivision. (Source)
  9. Regalado Highway MRT Station - The station will be located within Commonwealth Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City. Closest landmarks include Fairview Center Mall, National College of Business and Arts and Far Eastern University-NRMF. (Source)
  10. Mindanao Avenue MRT Station - The station will be located within Mindanao Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City.  This elevated station will connect to SM City Fairview. (Source)
  11. Quirino MRT Station -  The station will be located within Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City. After the Mindanao Avenue MRT Station in SM City Fairview, the rail link will turn right to Quirino Highway. (Source)
  12. Sacred Heart MRT Station - The station will be located at Sacred Heart Village, Greater Lagro, Quezon City.  Closest landmarks include the Sacred Heart Parish of the Diocese of Novaliches. (Source)
  13. Tala MRT Station - The station will be located at Tala, Caloocan City. Closest landmarks include the Iglesia Ni Cristo temple. (Source)
  14. Araneta MRT Station - The station would be the first MRT station outside Metro Manila, being located in City of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan. The station would be located near the area of what is known as the site of the Colinas Verdes a premiere subdivision in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. The area formally known as Ciudad Real is split between Tungkong Mangga & San Manuel. (Source)

I believe that it is still possible for the exact locations of the MRT 7 stations to change (which is probably why they erased the website ulc.com.ph where the proposed stations were shown). The general location, however, will probably stay the same since the project has already been approved and they are only fine-tuning the details. The clincher, I believe, will be the location of the new airport in bulacan.

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I noticed that there are a lot of listings of foreclosed properties in the above areas (I know what you’re thinking!). Of course, buying a property should not be based purely on speculation of a future price increase. It is still wise and prudent to buy at a price lower than the current market value, and the potential for increase in market value is just a plus factor.  What do you think?

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To our success and financial freedom!

Cherry Vi M. Saldua-Castillo

Real Estate Broker, Lawyer, and CPA
PRC Real Estate Broker License No. 3187
PRC CPA License No. 0102054
Roll of Attorneys No. 55239

Text by Jay Castillo and Cherry Castillo. Copyright © 2008 – 2012 All rights reserved.

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About Cherry Castillo

is a Real Estate Broker (PRC Real Estate Broker License No. 3187), Lawyer (Roll of Attorneys No. 55239), and CPA (PRC CPA License No. 0102054). She is the 2013 Internal Education Head of REBAP-LMP

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  • emily ventilacion

    pls post the new schedule of review for this coming march 2014 examination..

  • andrew alcibar

    i just read here that the reason why the taft MRT station was made on street level is because the people of forbes wouldnt want the mrt commuters to see them as they walk in their lawns. Really? having passed this choke point for almost 10 years I always curse the idiots and morons of the cory administration who placed the station at ground level thus virtually putting edsa at this point at a standstill. Just like the idiotic and moronic levated u -turn slot in kalayaan c5 this structural designers should have their licenses revoked and should not be into civil engineering works again ever. Do i hear binay and b.f fernando putting their hands on this comedic u turn slot.

    • http://www.foreclosurephilippines.com Jay Castillo

      I totally agree with you Andew! Edsa became a series of bottlenecks and choke points because of a very dumb design. Tsk tsk!

  • Deonicio Drilon

    I believe the bank that sold the 85 hectares in San Jose del Monte Bulacan is BDO Strategic Holdings and the buyer is Araneta Properties.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/willkarren.ocampo WILL

    You’re welcome Jay and Cherry…just sharing also…i’ve learn a lot from your blogs. :-)

  • https://www.facebook.com/willkarren.ocampo WILL

    Hi Jay,

    Maybe you’re interested to locate the San Miguel new airport project. Here’s also an speculation found on the BHI disclosure to PSE. See MAP on the last page of this link http://www.pse.com.ph/resource/disclosures/2012/pdf/dc2012-8435_BHI.pdf

    However, this BHI disclosure is denied by San Miguel on the same day disclosure to PSE. Here’s the link http://www.pse.com.ph/resource/disclosures/2012/pdf/dc2012-8462_SMC.pdf

    Hope it helps.

    WILL

  • http://www.foreclosurephilippines.com Cherry Castillo

    Update: http://manilastandardtoday.com/2012/11/16/the-new-airport-will-be-in-kawit/ New airport will be in Kawit, Cavite. I don’t really know who to believe anymore.

  • http://edbringas@gmail.com Ed

    I have 400 sq mtf lot between Dona Carmen & regalado proposed MRT 7 stations……. for sale. licensed brokers only ……. If you re Interested, email copy of current brokers licence and justify why should I give you exclusive listing to the property. Tnx

  • Julie Ann Zamora

    I think MRT-EDSA was built at street level only in the area of Makati because if it were elevated you can have a view of Forbes Park. It was said residents protested, for their security since it is an exclusive village.

    • http://www.foreclosurephilippines.com Cherry Castillo

      Hi Julie,

      I think that did happen. Siguro it could have been better if in-underground na lang nila lahat, or kung nasa taas yung one pole lang sa gitna like Taft Ave. Well, mahirap rin mag-marunong kasi di naman ako civil engineer. Hehe

      Best regards,
      Cherry

  • http://www.foreclosurephilippines.com Jay Castillo

    Thank you for this very interesting article about the MRT 7. I just hope they don’t make the same mistake with the design. It should never be like the EDSA MRT where EDSA became a series of bottlenecks because of parts that are at street level, eating up several lanes of EDSA.

    Up to now I wonder why they did not design the EDSA MRT like the Aurora Boulevard MRT, which only needed the center lane. It was possible after all! Now look at the horrible traffic as you approach those areas that became bottlenecks (EDSA -TAFT, Robinson’s Galleria, etc)!!!

    Sorry, I just had to vent.

    • http://www.foreclosurephilippines.com Cherry Castillo

      Please direct your comment to the proper authorities. Thank you. (hihi)

  • http://investingpinoy.blogspot.com Bryan

    HI Cherry, nice article. Magandang development yan for those who are living in the area. Also, maybe wise to put some attention in the area in terms of looking for properties.- Bry

    • http://www.foreclosurephilippines.com Cherry Castillo

      Thanks for your comment Bry! God bless.

  • http://www.livingcashflow101.com/ Ronald

    That is interesting, Cherry. This is something to keep a tab in. You know we have a buyer for commercial areas. Round up your listings and let’s see if we can do business. :)

    • http://www.foreclosurephilippines.com Cherry Castillo

      Sure! Let’s meet sometime.